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  • Patrick Marleau scores in Game 3 loss
    Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks' lone goal in a 4-1 Game 3 loss to Nashvilles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Patrick Marleau gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 13:13 of the first period on a breakaway. Marleau split the Predators defense and beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to the loose puck. Marleau was able to skate around Rinne and shoot the puck into an empty net. Unfortunately for the Sharks, that was all they could muster against the Preds goalie on this net. It was the first loss for the Sharks on the road this postseason. 32 minutes ago
  • Pekka Rinne makes 26 saves in Game 3 win
    Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in Nashville's 4-1 Game 3 victory over San Jose on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rinne stepped up his game in a must win for the Predators. It didn't look like it at first, after allowing the first goal of the game in a play where came out of his crease to play the puck but got out-raced to it by Patrick Marleau but he shut the door after that. Rinne evened his record to 5-5 to go with a strong 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage this postseason. 44 minutes ago
  • Shea Weber leads Preds to Game 3 win
    Shea Weber scored and added an assist in Nashville's Game 3 win over San Jose on Tuesday.

    Advice: Weber was dominant on both sides of the ice and logged 24:02 in ice-time. Everyone was calling for him to step up after going point-less and a minus -2 in through the first two games of the series. That's five points in nine playoffs games for the Predators captain who was credited for the game-winner. Filip Forsberg, James Neal, Colin Wilson scored the other goals and the Predators converted twice on the power-play to win. Today, 9:59 pm
  • Ben Bishop gives up 4, Lightning win Game 3
    Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 39 shots, but the Lightning still managed to beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3.

    Advice: The Bolts found themselves down on three different occasions in this one, but they managed to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period. Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in overtime less than three minutes into the extra frame. Bishop has won four of his last five games dating back to Game 4 against Detroit, but he's given up four goals in two of his last three outings. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this postseason. Today, 7:41 pm
  • Bortuzzo leads scratches Game 3 vs Dallas
    Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Tuesday night in Game 3.

    Advice: Joining him will be Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, Steve Ott, Petteri Lindbohm, Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Ty Rattie, and Anders Nilsson. Of the bunch, only Rattie and Ott give the impression they could impact the stat sheet. But not from the stands. Today, 5:56 pm
  • Pekka Rinne in net Tuesday Game 3 vs San Jose
    Pekka Rinne will be in net Tuesday in Game 3 against San Jose.

    Advice: Rinne comes in boasting a .915 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in nine postseason games thus far. He's turned away 55 of 60 combined shots the Sharks have sent his way in the series as well. Rinne will have to continue to be Nashville's backbone if they are to come back in the series. Today, 5:39 pm
  • Koekkoek, Vermin out vs NYI in Game 3 on Tues
    Slater Koekkoek and Joel Vermin will be scratched from Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Of the two, only Koekkoek has seen any time this postseason. All 6:47 of it. Suffice it to say, neither player offers much value. Today, 3:47 pm
  • Penguins call up Tom Sestito
    Tom Sestito has been recalled by Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He played in four NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh during the regular season. Sestito hasn't played in the playoffs since 2013 with Vancouver. Today, 3:44 pm
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  • Ben Bishop in net Game 3 Tues vs NY Islanders
    Ben Bishop will be in net on Tuesday as the Lighting battle the Islanders in Game 3.

    Advice: Bishop has seen just 13 pucks beat him through the first seven games of his postseason on nearly 200 combined shots. While the Islanders chased him in Game 1 with four goals on 13 shots, he stoned them with just one goal on 20 shots in Game 2. Suffice it to say, one should expect another strong game from him. Today, 2:55 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury OK with backup role
    Marc-Andre Fleury understands why he sat on the bench Monday as Matt Murray's backup.

    Advice: "That's fine. I haven't played in a month now," Fleury said Tuesday after an optional skate. "What's important is us winning. Matty's giving us a chance to win every night he's been in there. I'll stay ready. I'll encourage him. It's not a personal game. It's a team game." He hasn't played since March 31 after he sustained his second concussion of the season. Fleury is expected to continue to work hard in practice to get his timing back, while Murray continues to tend to the crease for the Penguins. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Anton Stralman takes part in optional skate
    Anton Stralman (leg) participated in Tuesday's optional skate.

    Advice: He skated in a regular-colored jersey, but still needs to practice with the full team and get through contact drills. It is encouraging that he got back on the ice with some teammates for the first time since fracturing his left leg on Mar. 25. Today, 2:28 pm
  • Patrick Marleau not concerned about TOI drop
    Patrick Marleau logged just 12:18 of ice time in Game 2 against Nashville.

    Advice: It was his lowest total of the season and his lowest in the playoffs since May 2, 2000. Marleau wasn't upset for the decline in playing time, though. He said it was "just the way the game was with some penalties here and there, and some faceoffs in our zone. ... You never know how things are going to play out." Marleau has been the Sharks' third line center for most of this season and he has posted one even strength point in the playoffs. He has been better on the power play, where he has contributed three points in seven matches. Today, 1:29 pm
  • Pontus Aberg might play in Game 3 vs. SJ
    Pontus Aberg might make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Game 3 against San Jose.

    Advice: He participated in the morning skate alongside Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro. Aberg could be in the lineup because Craig Smith is questionable due to a lower-body injury. Today, 1:18 pm
  • Anisimov (wrist) out 6-8 weeks after surgery
    Artem Anisimov has undergone surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: He is projected to return to "full hockey activities" in 6-8 weeks. Anisimov produced 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games during his first season with Chicago in 2015-16. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Ruff hints that Kari Lehtonen will start Gm 3
    Coach Lindy Ruff indicated that Kari Lehtonen would start in Game 3 versus St. Louis on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "We've been going with Lehtonen so we're going to stay with him," said Ruff. The Stars bench boss later added: "I'm not telling you who's starting, so don't ask." Signs pointed to Antti Niemi getting the call after he was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate. Now, it isn't nearly as clear. We will have to see who leads the Stars out for the pregame warm-ups. Today, 11:13 am
  • Ryan Strome will be scratched Tuesday
    Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: "I honestly don't really have much to say," Strome said. "I try to be a good a team guy and I don't want to draw any negative attention to myself. It's a big opportunity for us here tonight and I'm sure the guys that are playing will do the job." Strome was scratched for Games 5 and 6 in the opening round against Florida after he had a goal and assist in the first four contests. He had two assists in Game 1 versus Tampa Bay in Round 2. Today, 9:39 am
  • Justin Williams ends goal scoring slump
    Justin Williams netted a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.

    Advice: Williams snapped out of his goal scoring slump that dated back to March 28. While he has a reputation for stepping up in the playoffs, Williams has just three points in nine postseason games this year. Today, 6:47 am
  • Nick Bonino is on a five-game point streak
    Nick Bonino registered an assist in a 3-2 win against the Capitals Monday night.

    Advice: Bonino extended his point streak to five games. He has a goal and nine points in eight postseason contests. Today, 6:40 am
  • M-A Fleury will dress as Murray's backup
    Marc-Andre Fleury will dress as the Penguins' backup goalie in Monday's game against Washington.

    Advice: It's a significant step in Fleury's recovery from a concussion. The 31-year-old has been out of the lineup since April 2. It'll be interesting to see what the Penguins do if Matt Murray keeps winning games. Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Anton Stralman skates before practice
    Anton Stralman (leg) skated before practice on Monday.

    Advice: This coming Friday will mark six weeks since he suffered a fractured fibula. Coach Jon Cooper said he was hopeful that Stralman would play at some point in Tampa Bay's second-round series, but he has backed off a little from that optimism. "That's what happens when you spout your mouth off you have to eat your words at some point," Cooper said. "I'm always a glass half full, so I keep thinking that there is a chance." The Lightning still haven't announced a timetable for Stralman's return. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • M-A Fleury making progress, still day-to-day
    Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) faced shots during the morning skate on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Sullivan said that Fleury is "making significant progress." He remains day-to-day with a concussion, so Matt Murray is expected to start in Game 3 versus Washington. Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Capitals embarrassed by sluggish start in G2
    Justin Williams had a blunt way of describing the Capitals' showing in the first 40 minutes of Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Washington was outshot by Pittsburgh 28-8 by the second intermission. "We talked between the second and third, knowing we were getting embarrassed out there," Williams said. Washington did bounce back in the third frame, but it wasn't enough to stop the Penguins' 2-1 victory. Pittsburgh are an incredibly tough team to make up ground against. Pittsburgh was 39-0-0 when leading through two periods in the 2015-16 campaign and 4-0-0 in the playoffs. Yesterday, 1:53 am
  • Pekka Rinne gives up two in GM 2 loss to SJ
    Pekka Rinne allowed two goals on 24 shots in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 2.

    Advice: There were rumblings about Rinne being banged up coming into tonight's game, but he turned in a pretty solid performance overall. The Predators now find themselves down 2-0 with the series going to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. Rinne has a 4-5 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage in the 2016 playoffs. Although one more loss won't eliminate them, Tuesday's Game 3 will be a must-win for the Preds. Sunday, 8:35 pm
  • Pekka Rinne looks to regain form in Game 2
    Pekka Rinne will look to bounce back in Game 2 against the Sharks.

    Advice: Rinne was average (three goals on 36 shots) in Game 1. In the two games before that, he had given up two goals on 64 shots. He's been hot and cold in the playoffs. Nashville trails the second-round series 1-0. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen pulled in Game 2 vs. STL
    Kari Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 after allowing three goals on just five shots.

    Advice: Lehtonen lasted just 20 minutes in Game 2. The Stars' goaltending situation was questioned coming into this series and this performance from Lehtonen certainly won't help. Antti Niemi entered the game in relief of the Stars starter. Sunday, 2:10 pm
  • M-A Fleury takes part in optional skate
    Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) took part in Pittsburgh's optional skate on Sunday.

    Advice: Fleury also took part in Friday's practice, but he still wasn't ready to dress in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Capitals. The Penguins netminder missed the final five games of the regular season and the entire postseason (so far). He's still considered day-to-day at this point. Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Slater Koekkoek made playoff debut on Sat
    Slater Koekkoek made his playoff debut in Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: The 22-year-old played just 11 shifts and 6:47 of ice time in Game 2. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating and one shot on goal. "I thought Slater made plays, defended well," Jon Cooper said. "(Islanders captain John) Tavares was coming down on him pretty hard on a rush and he defended him really well. You’re going to be put in situations like that. How are you going to respond? And Slater passed the test." He has some long-term upside, but it's unlikely that he will make a big impact on this postseason. Sunday, 8:59 am
  • Kari Lehtonen expected to start Game 2
    Look for Kari Lehtonen to be between the pipes against St. Louis in Game 2.

    Advice: Lehtonen was solid in Dallas' Game 1 win over the Blues on Friday night and he'll surely get the nod again. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Puck-drop is at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Nick Bonino having a great playoff
    Nick Bonino picked up his eighth point in the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: Bonino notched his seventh assist of the post-season as he drew the lone helper on Carl Hagelin's second period goal. You likely didn't pick Bonino early in your playoff pool so kudos on the nice selection. Sunday, 6:46 am
  • Bishop solid in Game 2 win over Islanders
    Ben Bishop backstopped his Lightning to a Game 2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

    Advice: Bishop turned away 19 of 20 shots during the game, including four of five on the kill. Suffice it to say, Bishop's teammates made it a very easy afternoon for him as the series now stands knotted at one thanks to the 4-1 win. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Koekkoek makes playoff debut Game 2 vs NYI
    Slater Koekkoek will make his NHL playoffs debut Saturday night against Tampa Bay in Game 2.

    Advice: Koekkoek has just one point in 12 career NHL regular season games, though he does have 10 goals and 41 points in two seasons down on the farm. Expect the 22-year-old to be shielded. Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Rinne to start Sunday night v San Jose
    Pekka Rinne will be back in goal Sunday night for Game 2 against the Sharks.

    Advice: Up until Friday night's third period, Rinne had been on a three-plus game roll during which his save percentage was .969. Look for Rinne and the Preds to put on a better show against the Sharks now that they have had a chance to rest. Saturday, 8:52 am
  • Lehtnonen to start in Game 2 Sunday
    Kari Lehtonen has earned another start in the playoffs.

    Advice: He will likely tend goal Sunday afternoon in Game 2 against the Blues after a tremendous 31-save performance in Friday's 2-1 Game 1 win over the Blues. Stars' coach Lindy Ruff seems to play the hot hand and right now that is Lehtonen. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Stralman return is remote in the near term
    It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be able to play for another week or so at the least.

    Advice: Although he is staking on his own, he obviously needs more time to recover from a fractured fibula. Don't expect to see Stralman in the lineup until the latter part of the Lightning's series against the Islanders at the earliest. Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Bishop to start in goal Saturday in Game 2
    Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Bishop had a rough ride in Game 1 allowing four goals on only 13 shots and was pulled. However, Bishop had a wonderful season and was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Bishop has also performed very well in the playoffs before. We expect him to bounce back big time in Saturday's matinee. Saturday, 7:29 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury practices Friday
    Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: Fleury tended one net while Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff split time in the other cage. It is doubtful that Fleury will be ready for Game 2 so look for Murray to get the call once again against Washington. Saturday, 5:37 am
  • Rinne blows up in third, falls in Game 1 v SJ
    Pekka Rinne was humming along through the first two periods, then things fell apart in Game 1 against San Jose on Friday.

    Advice: Rinne turned away 33 of 36 shots, including seven of nine on special teams. However those three pucks beat him between the third and 16th minute of the third period, giving the Sharks a 3-1 lead. While the Predators would capture one back at the 18:11 mark with Rinne pulled, the Predators would pop two more into the empty net for the 5-2 win. Rinne also did not finish the game, giving the last 50 seconds to Carter Hutton. There does not appear to be an injury to him, well, not a physical one anyway. Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen makes 31 saves in GM 1 win
    Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 1.

    Advice: Lehtonen's won each of his two starts since returning as the Stars' starting goalie. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in Dallas on Sunday afternoon. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Pontus Aberg makes NHL debut in Game 1 vs SJ
    Pontus Aberg will make his NHL debut in Friday's Game 1 against San Jose.

    Advice: The 22-year-old forward has posted 41 goals and 74 points in 143 combined games over the last two seasons with AHL Milwaukee. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Pekka Rinne in net Game 1 vs San Jose
    Pekka Rinne will be in net against the Sharks in Game 1.

    Advice: Rinne posted a .915 save percentage with just 17 goals against during the seven-game series victory over Anaheim in the first round. If he can maintain the same level of success over the next 200 shots or so from San Jose, then Nashville has a real shot at moving on. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Bortuzzo leads scratches Game 1 vs Dallas
    Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Friday night in Game 1.

    Advice: Joining him will be Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Dmitrij Jaskin, Anders Nilsson, Magnus Paajarvi, Ty Rattie, Ryan Reaves. Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Nashville promotes Pontus Aberg
    Pontus Aberg has been called up from AHL Milwaukee.

    Advice: Aberg had 25 goals and 40 points in 74 AHL games in 2015-16. The 22-year-old hasn't made his NHL debut yet. Friday, 1:48 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen is likely to start on Friday
    Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following the Stars' morning skate.

    Advice: It looks like Lehtonen will be the Stars' goaltender for Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues Friday night. Typically who will start in a playoff game is fairly obvious, but Dallas is a little different as the squad is open to splitting the goaltending duties to an extent, even in the playoffs. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Kari Lehtonen projects to start Game 1 v. STL
    It hasn't been confirmed yet, but Kari Lehtonen will probably get the start against St. Louis when the Stars begin Round 2 of the playoffs on Friday night.

    Advice: He has a 13-6-3 record in his career against the Blues along with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Lehtonen also won three games in the first round of the playoffs versus Minnesota. Friday, 6:06 am
  • Nick Bonino and the Pens fall in overtime
    Nick Bonino put forth a fine performance in Thursday night's Game 1 loss to the Capitals, scoring once and adding an assist.

    Advice: Bonino was a force in the high-stakes first post-season meeting between the Capitals and Penguins in seven years. His terrific maneuver through the Capitals defense allowed Ben Lovejoy to open the scoring in the first period, then he tied the game with a goal of his own midway through the third. After the 4-3 overtime loss, the Penguins must regroup for Game 2 on Saturday. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury won't dress in Game 1
    Marc-Andre Fleury won't be dressed in Game 1 against Washington on Thursday.

    Advice: Jeff Zatkoff will serve as the backup goalie behind starter Matt Murray. Fleury has yet to play in a playoff game because he's been dealing with a concussion. It's unclear when he'll be able to return. Fleury's considered day-to-day at this point. Thursday, 4:36 pm
  • Strome draws back into lineup, gets 2 points
    Ryan Strome recorded two assists in the Islanders' 5-3 win against Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Strome drew back into the lineup after being scratched for New York's final two first round games. He now has a goal and four points in five playoff games this year. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Ben Bishop will look to rebound in Game 2
    Tampa Bay is confident that Ben Bishop will bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: He was pulled twice in last year's playoffs and in Game 7 versus the Rangers he rebounded with a shutout in the Eastern Conference final. Bishop has been superb all season, so there's plenty of reason to believe he will be much better this weekend. Thursday, 5:39 am
  • Ben Bishop earns 2nd Vezina Trophy nomination
    Ben Bishop has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

    Advice: The announcement was made on Wednesday. Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are up for the top goaltender of the year award. The Lightning goalie led the league with a 2.06 GAA and finished second with a .926 save percentage. He also tied for second with six shutouts and tied for fourth with 35 victories. Bishop could have added some more wins to that record, but he lost 12 games when allowing two or fewer goals. Thursday, 4:49 am
  • Pekka Rinne stonewalls Ducks, wins Game 7
    Pekka Rinne made 36 saves to lead Nashville to a 2-1 Game 7 win over Anaheim on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his best playoff performance as a pro to date. Rinne made 27 saves in the second and third periods alone to "steal" the game for Nashville. The only puck to get past him was a Ryan Kesler one-timer on a power-play. The 33-year-old stopped 60-of-62 shots in Games 6 and 7. He carries a 2.45 GAA and .915 save percentage into the second round. Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • Rough night for G Ben Bishop; yanked early
    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had a night to forget Wednesday, coughing up four goals on the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the visiting New York Islanders in the first game of the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Bishop, who had a good season and was named a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier Wednesday, didn't make any excuses for himself. "One of those nights where nothing goes your way," he said. "You just have to move on from it and we've got another game in a couple of days. It's not about the last game anymore, it's about the next one so I need to focus on that." Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop after the Isles' fourth goal at 8:59 of the second period. Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots on him. Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Pekka Rinne will Start Game 7 versus Ducks
    Pekka Rinne is tapped to start Nashville's franchise first ever Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks

    Advice: The Predators 8th round pick in 2004 (258th overall) has a ballooned goals against average (2.68) and sub-par .901 save percentage heading into Game 7, but he did play very well in Game 6 to extend the series. Wednesday, 6:42 pm
  • Ben Bishop starts Wednesday in Game 1
    Ben Bishop will get the nod for Game 1 in Tampa Bay's Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Bishop recorded 1.61 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in Round 1 against Detroit. He finished the five-game series with a shutout. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Dallas riding an .897-team save percentage
    As they prepare to take on St. Louis, it's worth noting that Dallas boasts an .897 save percentage as a team.

    Advice: Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have combined to stop just 139 of 155 combined shots in six games against Minnesota, which suggests three important things. Dallas can still out-score their goaltending woes; they don't give up a lot of shots (eighth fewest overall); and neither veteran netminder has played well enough to cement their place in the crease. The Blues are shooting at a team-wide 9.3% along with a .929 save percentage, which ought to make for an interesting test for the Stars. Tuesday, 6:23 pm
  • Rinne is 'excited' about Preds' first Game 7
    Pekka Rinne is "excited" for the first Game 7 in Nashville Predators franchise history on Wednesday night.

    Advice: "It's just the preparation," Rinne told Robby Stanley. "You still prepare for one game, one win, and it's the same situation for both teams." Through 40 career playoff games, Rinne is 18-22 with a 2.51 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Which doesn't compare favorably against his career regular season numbers, albeit not that dramatically, he's posted a 2.37 GAA with a .917 save percentage in 447 matches. All that said Rinne likes his odds, "to be going to Anaheim, they have their home crowd, but I feel like we've been playing really well in their building. Just really excited about this one." Tuesday, 3:52 pm
  • Shea Weber scores, Predators force Game 7
    Shea Weber sealed Nashville's 3-1 win against Anaheim on Monday night with an empty-net goal.

    Advice: The marker was his second of the postseason. Weber is tied with Colin Wilson for the team lead in scoring in the playoffs at four points. The Predators and Ducks will play in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • Kari Lehtonen gets first series victory
    Kari Lehtonen got his first playoff series victory when the Stars eliminated Minnesota in six games on Sunday.

    Advice: "I guess it's 12 years in the league now and this is the first time I'm on a series winning team," Lehtonen said. "So I enjoyed it a lot, and it makes me want to get more." The Stars' goalie duo of Lehtonen and Antti Niemi allowed 16 Minnesota goals in six games with Lehtonen surrendering nine of them in four appearances. He entered the 2016 postseason with a 2-6 career playoff record. The Stars will face a much stiffer test in Round 2 against Chicago or St. Louis. Apr 25, 2:46 pm
  • Robert Bortuzzo will be scratched Monday
    Robert Bortuzzo will be a healthy scratch Monday night in Game 7.

    Advice: He played in Games 4, 5 and 6, but will take a seat to allow Joel Edmundson to return to the lineup. Apr 25, 11:40 am
  • Concussion symptoms linger for Pens' Fleury
    Marc-Andre Fleury is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

    Advice: However, he took part in an optional workout on Monday and he is able to face shots from teammates. Fleury won't be cleared to return until his symptoms are completely gone. "It's one of the toughest things I've been through," he said. "Some good days, when you think you're back, and some bad days, when you think it's never going to get fixed. It's a lot of ups and downs. The playoffs are such a fun time of year to play hockey. Every game is so intense, meaningful. It's tough to just be watching." Matt Murray will continue to fill in for the Penguins while Fleury is sidelined. Apr 25, 10:14 am
  • Anton Stralman hasn't resumed skating yet
    Anton Stralman isn't expected to be ready for the start of the second round.

    Advice: He didn't practice with the team on Sunday. The Lightning have not provided a timetable for Stralman's return, but the typical recovery for a fractured fibula is about four-to-six weeks and Friday will be the five-week mark. "He's not skating right now but we are hopeful that he will make an appearance in this series," coach Jon Cooper said. Apr 25, 8:52 am
  • Ryan Strome a healthy scratch again for NYI
    Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch Sunday in Game 6 for the Islanders.

    Advice: It’s quite perplexing that Strome, he of a goal, assist and nine shots in four games, will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. But the Islanders are going with the lineup that won them Game 5, and they are one win away from punching their ticket to Round 2. Strome had eight goals and 28 points during the regular season. Apr 24, 3:46 pm
  • Lehtonen, Stars nearly see huge lead vanish
    Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves in the Stars’ 5-4 win against the Wild in Game 6 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: The Stars are moving on, but it wasn’t without drama. They entered the third period ahead 4-1, saw the lead get cut to 4-3 and 5-4 before escaping with a win. They can blame the penalty kill for two of those, but the fact is that their goaltending could eventually be their undoing. Lehtonen has given up eight goals in his past two games. He has a 1.69 GAA and .931 SV% in four playoff games. Apr 24, 3:24 pm
  • Lightning hope to get Stralman back in RD 2
    The Lightning are hoping to get Anton Stralman back at some point in the second round.

    Advice: Stralman has been out indefinitely since suffering a fractured leg during the regular season. He hasn't started skating yet, but he could be available later on in the second round. Getting him back would be a huge boost for the Bolts. Apr 24, 11:01 am
  • Caps second line not scoring in post-season
    The Washington Capitals second line of Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky have yet to find the back of the net in the playoffs.

    Advice: The line has 36 shots on goal in the five games with nary a goal. The Caps need the trio to start producing if they hope to put away the Philadelphia Flyers in either of the two possible remaining games of the series. Apr 24, 7:18 am
  • Anisimov picks up PPG in Hawks' Game 6 win
    Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal in the Blackhawks’ 6-3 Game 6 win against the Blues on Saturday night.

    Advice: Anisimov has been opportunistic in the playoffs, scoring three times on 12 shots. This after a season in which he scored 20 goals and record 42 points. The center played 15:56 in the Game 6 win. Because the Blackhawks won't have last change on the road in Game 7, Anisimov will be a key figure down the middle. Apr 23, 8:33 pm
  • Fleury skates on Sunday in full equipment
    Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) skated on Sunday in his full equipment.

    Advice: Unfortunately there is no update on Fleury's availability despite skating twice in three days. However Penguins fans should take heart, their main man appears to be improving and nearing his return. Apr 23, 10:18 am
  • Justin Williams has eight penalty minutes
    Justin Williams took four minors on Friday.

    Advice: The eight minutes he served in the sin bin did not help the cause as the Flyers upended the Capitals 2-0 despite Washington outshooting Philadelphia 44-11. Williams is not a big penalty minute player, so the time spent in the penalty box was a surprise. Apr 23, 7:10 am
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